New Apple Thin Keyboard

The new Apple keyboard is a complete redesign from the old style, incorporating a thin body, low profile keys and two USB ports. However, is the keyboard worth the money?


Review: New Apple Thin Keyboard

Published 09:28 am

Although Apple has generally always been known for creating quality computer products, the amount of access that they have given consumers to product accessories has always been somewhat low. Until very recently, consumers have had acess to one style of keyboard and one style of mouse.

And, although these were quality products of their own right, sometimes having choice is very nice as well. With that in mind, Apple has recently began to sell a brand new style of keyboard, designed to improve over the older style and also give consumers a bit of choice about the product they are buying.

This new keyboard is completely different from the older model, and it is easy to see that as soon as one looks at it. The keys are now spaced out slightly, the actual keys themselves are small and very short, they are designated as being "low profile".

The space in between the keys, and, indeed, the whole keyboard is designed with a brushed aluminum construction, possibly to match the look of the new Leopard operating system. The keyboard sits very low on desks and computer trays, and there are no options to adjust the height (one of the major complaints with the older model as well). This keyboard also incorporates two USB ports, for using a mouse or other device, the same as the older keyboard did.

While it would be hard to argue that the new keyboard is not a definite visual improvement over the old one, perhaps in terms of function there is slightly more of a debate. Overall, the new slim-line keyboard seems to be something that most wil either love or hate.

However, it is worth mentioning that the keys, with regards to the way that they are spaced and their height, do take a fair amount of time to get used to. However, perhaps this has contributed to some of the negative feedback that Apple has received about the keyboard.

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Once one becomes used to the keyboard though, it becomes an almost totally different device. True, at first the distance between the keys and their low profile may make it difficult to get the letters and words that you want. However, after one has spent some time with the device, it becomes almost second nature to hit the right keys, and using the new slim keyboard becomes something which is truly enjoyable.

Although the learning curve is a bit steep, once one becomes used to the overall design, the slim line keyboard easily surpasses the old keyboard (with it's tendency to have sticky keys) and a good number of other products on the market. Not to mention the fact that the keyboard and its brushed aluminum surface look great overall. The two USB ports are a definite plus, especially if you are using it with a Macbook or iBook, as the computers only have two USB ports to begin with.

However, ergonomics are another matter entirely. The low height and inability to adjust that height can contribute to an uncomfortable typing position for some. Even more so, until one gets used to using the device, some hand or wrist pain may occur, as typing on the slim keyboard is slightly different than typing on any other keyboard.

However, overall, Apple has stated that they have designed the keyboard to be low impact and ergonomically safe. Like anything else, though, a little getting used to is all it takes for the relative uncomfortableness to stop, and then one can really begin to enjoy using the keyboard.

Yes, the Apple slim keyboard may not be the most revolutionary product in the world, but it is a definite step forward for the company, and it is nice to know that those who prefer to use Apple Computers do not have to be afraid at the lack of accessories available to complement their computer choice.

Overall, the great look on the outside, the ease of typing and the low impact and ease of using the device make it a great product. However, the time that it takes to get used to using this great product and really enjoying it definitely takes down the overall quality for a number of people. Perhaps next time Apple will provide sort of a middle step between their products, instead of throwing consumers into a totally new world.

Bestselling New Apple Thin Keyboard Products in 2021


Apple Magic Keyboard (Wireless, Rechargable) (US English) - Silver

Apple Magic Keyboard (Wireless, Rechargable) (US English) - Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Magic Keyboard combines a sleek design with a built-in rechargeable battery and enhanced key features.
  • With a stable scissor mechanism beneath each key, as well as optimized key travel and a low profile, Magic Keyboard provides a remarkably comfortable and precise typing experience.
  • It pairs automatically with your Mac, so you can get to work right away.

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Wireless, Rechargable) (US English) - Silver

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Wireless, Rechargable) (US English) - Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout, with document navigation controls for quick scrolling and full-size arrow keys for gaming
  • A scissor mechanism beneath each key allows for increased stability, while optimized key travel and a low profile provide a comfortable and precise typing experience.
  • The numeric keypad is also great for spreadsheets and finance applications.

Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro - US English

Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro - US English
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Unfold the full-size Smart Keyboard when you need it, then fold it to create a durable and lightweight cover when you don’t.
  • No need for batteries or pairing.
  • It’s just as easy to use as it is to take with you.

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for iPad Pro 11-inch, US English)

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for iPad Pro 11-inch, US English)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • The new smart keyboard Folio is designed to deliver a great typing experience on a full-size keyboard whenever you need it.
  • No need for batteries or pairing. Its durable lightweight cover protects both the front and back of your new 11-Inch iPad Pro.
  • Simply attach to your new iPad Pro and Type away.
  • Compatible with 11-Inch iPad Pro.

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 3rd Generation, US English) - MU8H2LL/A

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 3rd Generation, US English) - MU8H2LL/A
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • The new smart keyboard Folio is designed to deliver a great typing experience on a full-size keyboard whenever you need it.
  • No need for batteries or pairing. Its durable lightweight cover protects both the front and back of your new 12.9-Inch iPad Pro.
  • Simply attach to your new iPad Pro and Type away.
  • Compatible with 12.9-Inch iPad Pro (3rd Generation).

Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd Generation / 1st Generation - Gray (MJYR2LL/A) - (Renewed)

Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd Generation / 1st Generation - Gray (MJYR2LL/A) - (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • It's a full-size keyboard that's fully portable, and connects to iPad Pro with the Smart Connector, an innovative new interface that allows for a two-way exchange of power and data. Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing.
  • When you're done it folds together to create a slim, lightweight cover.
  • The Smart Keyboard combines an array of new technologies and materials to create a keyboard like no other.
  • Compatible with 12.9in iPad Pro (1st & 2nd Generation Only)

Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5in iPad Pro (English Layout) (Renewed)

Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5in iPad Pro (English Layout) (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • It's a full-size keyboard that's fully portable, and it connects to the iPad Pro with the Smart Connector.
  • Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing, and when you're done, it folds to create a slim, lightweight cover.
  • Only compatible with the iPad Pro 10.5-inch (1st and 2nd Generation only)
  • Note: Does NOT come with VESA mounts

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